The Pekin girls basketball team spent part of its Sunday riding atop a fire truck.
That's normal for this time of year. That's how the Dragons normally participate in the annual Pekin Winter Wonderland parade.

The fire truck driver the last four years was Pekin Fire Department Capt. Brett Diekhoff, father of former Dragons star and all-time leading scorer Sydney Diekhoff.
With Sydney now off to college (McKendree University in Lebanon, near St. Louis) to play basketball, the fire truck driving duties were passed along this year to Capt. Jamie Evans.

The team's familial connection to the Fire Department remains in place. Junior Megan Nelson 's father is Fire Chief Kurt Nelson.

Seven of Pekin's eight players rode on the fire truck during the parade. Natalie Johnson, who is sidelined because of knee surgery but hopes to return in January, couldn't make it to the parade because of a work commitment.

Molly Flannigan, Taylor Goss, Jenna Taphorn, Maddy Cash, Tess Cascia, Lauren Juergens and Megan Nelson went for a ride.

Pekin (4-1) will play host to non-conference foe Normal West at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in its home opener at Hawkins Gym.

Dunlap will come to Hawkins Gym at 7 p.m. Friday for a Mid-Illini Conference opener as part of a stretch where Pekin will play four of six games at home.

The Dragons' Dec. 19 home game against conference foe Metamora has been moved to Dec. 20 at Metamora's request, Pekin Athletic Director Rick Kestner saidMonday.

Tipoff times that night are the same, 5:30 p.m. for sophomores and 7 p.m. for varsity.

Steve Stein can be reached at stevestein21@yahoo.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpartanSteve.